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Independence Day United States introduction

Independence Day United States (also called the Fourth of July or July 4) is a government holiday in the USA memorializing the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the American colonies were no more subject (and subservient) to the majesty of Britain, King George III.    The Congress had elected to proclaim independence 2 days earlier, on July 2, but it was not stated till July 4.

Independence Day United States is frequently related to fireworks, parades, BBQs, carnivals, fairs, picnics, performances, baseball games, family get-togethers, political speeches, in addition to different other public and personal events.  We celebrate the history, federal government, as well as customs of the USA. Independence Day United States is the nationwide day of the United States.  Unfortunately, this year’s celebrations need to be different due to COVID-19.

Independence Day United States background

Throughout the American Revolution, the lawful splitting up of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain in 1776 took place on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of self-reliance that had been suggested in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.  He proclaimed the USA independent from Britain's regulation.  After electing independence, Congress turned its focus to the Declaration of Independence, a statement describing this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its major writer. Congress discussed and modified the wording of the Declaration, lastly accepting it two days later July 4.

From the outset, Americans celebrated Independence Day United States on July 4.  This was the day revealed on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, as opposed to on July 2, the date the resolution of self-reliance was accepted in a closed session of Congress.

Historians have long disputed whether members of Congress authorized the Declaration of Independence on July 4, although Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day.

Amazing Independence Day United States coincidences

By an amazing coincidence, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only two signatures on the Declaration of Independence later to function as Presidents of the United States, both passed away on the same day: July 4, 1826. Only one other signatory, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, survived them, dying in 1832.  Although not a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, an additional Founding Father that was chosen as President, likewise passed away on July 4, 1831. He was the 3rd President who died on the anniversary of independence.   Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, was born upon July 4, 1872; thus far he is the only U.S. president to have been born on Independence Day.

Observations on Independence Day United States

In 1777, thirteen gunfires were fired in salute, when at morning and once again as night fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. A short article in July 18, 1777 in The Virginia Gazette noted an event in Philadelphia in a manner a modern American would find familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and also fireworks. Ships in port were outdoor decked with red, white, and blue bunting.  In 1778, from his headquarters at Ross Hall, near New Brunswick, New Jersey, General George Washington noted July 4 with a dual ration of rum for his soldiers as well as an artillery salute.  Across the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a supper for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.

Independence Day United States final thoughts

Pool Cleaners Scottsdale wishes our customers and friends a safe, healthy and happy Independence Day United States.  Please be careful and safe so that you can enjoy many more holidays with friends and family.